It follows on a theme from John 14 where Jesus told Judas:
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
Too often in this life we equate words with faith. We confess that we believe certain things, but our lives do not show evidence of that faith. We are caught in a trap where we have orthodoxy - right beliefs but we do not have orthopraxis - right actions- in our life. We talk a good game, but like Peter, when the rubber hits the road, we fail. We fail to do that which we claim to believe. We fail to be the hands and feet of Christ. We fail to avoid the sins that ensnare us. We fail to do that which Christ has commanded us:
This is a year to put actions to our words. A year to be the people we are called to be. We no longer have a privileged position in society. We have to go out and earn that position by our actions that show the love of Christ to a hurting world.
Let's be that people.